The Road Ahead : Aug Sep 2005
Water logged Recent floods caused chaos at the Gold Coast. Story Leigh Dennis While most of the Gold Coast seemed to be under water in the aftermath of the torrential rains in June, staff from RACQ were working to help members affected. RACQ's Road Conditions Reporting System almost went into meltdown, as members rushed to find out the rapidly growing list of closed, flooded roads. The Club's travel and touring executive manager Andrew Millward said RACQ was pleased that so many members were finding the service helpful. "In only two days, the road reporting website recorded more than 95,000 'hits' and more than 4000 calls were made to the road reporting hotline," he said. "The success of the system underlines RACQ's efforts towards creating a safer road environment in Queensland." The Club's 24-hour road reporting information service for Queensland (and some adjoining state/territory road conditions) can be found on the RACQ's website, www.racq.com.au, or phone 1300 130 595. Mr Millward said the website and hotline were constantly being updated using the latest information supplied by the Queensland Police Service. "RACQ staff continually monitor the updates and enter them into our system, which takes only minutes." RACQ Road Service executive manager Graeme Kearton said extra RACQ patrol vehicles and tow trucks from Brisbane had to be despatched to the Gold Coast to help keep up with demand during the flood period. "Flooding in the area made it hard for motorists but it also made it difficult for us to reach some members who needed our help," Mr Kearton said. "At the peak of the flood chaos on the Gold Coast, we had up to 135 members seeking assistance at one time. "Some members had left their lights on while driving in the rain and had drained their batteries, but others were in trouble because their vehicles were stuck in the floodwaters and they needed to be towed out." The Road Ahead AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2005 23 features Rent a Group A (e.g. Hyundai Getz) in Australia for a minimum of 7 days between the 1st July and the 30th September 2005 and you can drive away for as little as $39* a day including stamp duty, vehicle registration fee and GST and unlimited kilometres in metropolitan areas. (200km free per day in country areas and 100km free per day in remote areas. Excess kilometres are charged at 27.5c per km.) Airport concession recovery fee, if applicable, and any other optional charges not included. Please quote Rate Code 15. Qantas Frequent Flyers can also earn points. *Subject to vehicle availability. Cannot be used with any other offer. Other conditions may apply. AV4658 CONTACT AVIS ON 136 333. WEBSITE avis.com.au OR YOUR AFTA/LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT. $39* a day $39* a day, 7 days minimum. Hurry, limited time only!
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